about whims and joy

I’m Sammy, and I am a wedding  and family photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although I serve out of Minnesota, I have also been lucky to reach couples from all over the place. I have a love for travel, coffee, dogs, and the simpler things in life. As a teenager, I was the girl carrying a camera everywhere I went collecting memories as I go. I grew up around music, and picked up the guitar and piano at a young age. My childhood memories were filled with arts, music, and lots of imagination. 

After receiving my masters degree in business, I started working my first big girl job in the corporate world. Being untraditional and having that girl-boss mentality eventually lead me to something more. In 2015, I started Whims and Joy because I have always believed in following your heart and doing something you love. My photography business has grown over the years and have introduced me to many amazing people. Feeling very honored, some of my work has been picked up by local and national publications. 

I approach photography with a romantic and soft flair. I am attracted to natural light and have a love for organic moments that tells the story without intrusion. I believe that beauty can be found in many places, and you can find it by having the right perspective. 

When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my forever partner, Andy, and our two lovely girls, Lyra and Jovi! I love meeting new people and having good conversations. I enjoy cooking, traveling and eating, and spontaneous adventures. 

I invite you to browse my work and get a feel for my style. If you want to chat further, please don't hesitate to get in touch! I would love the opportunity to meet you. 


Soufflé tootsie roll tart lemon drops brownie macaroon. Gingerbread cotton candy powder toffee chocolate cake gummies chocolate candy. Gingerbread halvah caramels oat cake. Brownie tiramisu chocolate jelly beans bear claw chocolate cake sesame snaps sweet cupcake. Chocolate bar macaroon cookie chocolate sweet danish cookie. Fruitcake cotton candy topping ice cream sweet roll dessert bear claw. Candy cotton candy croissant chocolate muffin.

Bonbon biscuit lemon drops dessert chupa chups toffee. Gingerbread tiramisu icing jujubes cookie pie.

Tart lemon drops brownie macaroon. Gingerbread cotton candy powder toffee chocolate cake gummies chocolate candy.

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